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    Today, 10:51 AM
    bamtunebam posted a visitor message on Icepick's profile
    The sunken ship looks amazing! I thought it was real wood at first. Keep up the good work!!!!
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    Today, 10:48 AM
    bamtunebam posted a visitor message on gumba's profile
    Your pirate photos are impressive. What did the neighbors think of your display?
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    Today, 10:41 AM
    I have two favorites: The weather was beautiful and I was also able to get fog rolling through the graveyard.
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    Yesterday, 05:50 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Milk does a prop-body good!
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    Yesterday, 05:42 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    I read the follow up post and was all excited because I had JUST found some tomato cages in the garage. But now it looks like I need to start drinking a lot of pop. :)
  • Living Dead Girl 1031's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:39 AM
    Those are beautiful Hilda! I'll have to make some of those, cheap and easy, my kinda prop!
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    Yesterday, 05:36 AM
    Yay!!! It's that time of year again :) I'm in!!
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    Yesterday, 05:28 AM
    First off, thank you Bethene for setting all of this up and for all of your hard work! I am always so amazed at how talented everyone is here on the forum! Haunt Name: Nightmare Hollow (lots of eerie, dark and down right creepy things, monsters you may only see in your nightmares, things that go bump in the night, haunted house, very pumpkin rot and tim burton inspired…) Basically the scarier or creepier the better! Themes: Burned down orphanage from late 1800’s (local urban legend) but...
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    Yesterday, 04:24 AM
    Those are adorable! I will have to keep an eye out for them :)
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    07-27-2014, 06:53 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Hey Hilda! Saw your Cousin Itt on Facebook earlier - crazy impressive! You're kinda brilliant. :)
  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    07-26-2014, 09:47 PM
    Hey Mummyof5! Just wanted to say thanks for the photo comment. :)
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    07-26-2014, 09:16 PM
    Thanks kmeyer. Not sure if you saw, but someone has put a "remastered version" Disney's Halloween Treat on youtube. I'm guessing they must have replaced the segments they could with clips from the individual DVD releases (Fantasia etc.) but it looks really good. There's also a sort of updated version called "Disney's Once Upon a Halloween?" Region 2 only though, but also up on youtube if you're curious. amk, that's cool that you found a way to download a copy. From what I've read the DVD...
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    07-26-2014, 08:50 PM
    Saw you sneaking' around. Thought I'd say Hello. :) We just finished watching the last season of Endeavour. I think the BBC is full of sadists!
  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    07-25-2014, 07:34 PM
    Catharine O'Hara too! (Gilda is almost unrecognizable)
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    07-25-2014, 07:00 PM
    Hey kittyvibe! How are you doing? Just wanted to say thanks for the photo comments. The burlap was just what we had handy when we started out but it's worked well ever since. We really like the "Vicky's Cattery" house too. That, the gothic cathedral and the movie theatre really stand out for us as our favourite Spooky Town pieces to come out in the last few years. We like the simpler stuff best. The screeching cat sounds are kinda cool too. :)
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    07-25-2014, 06:54 PM
    GobbyGruesome commented on kittyvibe's photo in album Halloween 2013
    Beautiful shot. Love the depth.
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    07-25-2014, 06:53 PM
    GobbyGruesome commented on kittyvibe's photo in album Halloween 2013
    Wow! This is insanely well done. We've got a year round haunted house about 3 hours from us and I think you've got it beat - similar atmosphere though.
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    07-25-2014, 06:51 PM
    GobbyGruesome commented on kittyvibe's photo in album Halloween 2013
    The neighbours must love this! It looks fantastic. Are the ghosts int the background inflatable? They're super cool - never seen them before.
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    07-25-2014, 06:50 PM
    GobbyGruesome commented on kittyvibe's photo in album Halloween 2013
    Really cool atmosphere in all your photos! This is awesome!!!
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    07-25-2014, 11:02 AM
    HI Mrs. Voorhees. Welcome to the forums. Those photos were taken with a Canon Powershot G6, which I think was ancient at the time, but when we bought it it was kind of the high-end of the point-and-shoots. It was a great camera although a little bulky. I liked it because it had a built in optical viewfinder as well as a swivel lcd screen and a connector for a proper flash. But we never got super fancy with it. Thank you for all the kind comments on the photos. My wife does a really good...
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    07-25-2014, 10:36 AM
    Ah! Thanks TNHorrorFan on both counts! I'd buy it regardless of the extras but those don't sound too bad. I see "The Crown of Bogg" is on youtube so hopefully I can give it a watch this weekend. I also see Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile is on there. I should give that a watch too.
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    07-25-2014, 09:51 AM
    In regards to displaying the pieces, we actually use the big rubbermaid bins we store them in as a table, and then place a sheet of plywood across the top and drape it with a cloth. It gets the bins out of the way and we don't need to store any other stands. And one thing we like about it is it keeps things really low which makes it easier for the little ones to see everything. BUT it also makes it easier for them to GRAB everything. Not for the weak of heart. ;) Here's a link to our display...
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    07-25-2014, 09:42 AM
    Really good advice. We picked up our first 3 in 2002 I think. Two houses and the old skull fountain. And then we've bought one or two every year, with the exception of one year where we made a big mail order purchase. It's kinda gotten unmanageable now, and my wife picks out about half the pieces each year to put on display and leaves the rest in storage. There's all kinds of advice I could give you but it's all very personal. I would say maybe take a look at Dept. 56 stuff. We mix the two...
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    07-25-2014, 09:21 AM
    ˆYup. Pretty sure it was done in Canada, and it's got a weird little 70s synthesize-y closing theme. Whoa! It looks like the theme was done by Saga, a band that was popular in Canada in the early 80s. You can listen to it here. https://soundcloud.com/cloxboy/witch-magic-halloween-by-peter
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    07-25-2014, 06:42 AM
    I've never even heard of "The Crown of Bogg" I'll have to check that out. Also wish Disney would release their old "A Disney Halloween/ Disney's Halloween Treat" on DVD. At least this is a start.
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    07-25-2014, 06:36 AM
    Loene, the cartoon runs just under a half-hour and is definitely rated G. I think maybe there's some VERY mild innuendo in there, but nothing that kids would notice. But the full thing is up on youtube, so I'd definitely have a look there and see if it's something you'd like before ordering. It's got a different style that some people apparently find off-putting but I think it's really well done, and the message is pretty good. I would guess the additional cartoons are likely just public...
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  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    07-25-2014, 05:16 AM
    That cartoon is so crazy - I gotta watch it again. I'm curious to know what other cartoons they think would fit with it too - would they have anything by the same people, or something similar? I've never looked up anything about the makers of it.
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    07-24-2014, 09:52 PM
    I'm super excited about this. I think I've mentioned this cartoon about 50 times since I joined the forums. We have a VHS tape of it that we bought used from a video store that probably was a rental copy from the early 80s. It's definitely on it's last legs. I've heard some people say it's pretty lame so check it out on youtube first if you haven't seen it. I think it's amazing and it's something I remember fondly from my youth (plus I love Gilda Radner) so I'll definitely be ordering it....
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    07-24-2014, 09:42 PM
    GobbyGruesome added 1 photo(s) to album 2014 pre-halloween
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    07-24-2014, 09:04 PM
    Agree with Shadowbat that you shouldn't wait. 10 years ago it wasn't unusual to find a few houses and a bunch of figures on clearance after Halloween, but nowadays Spooky Town seems to be gone from the shelves by the end of September. They just don't seem to carry the same amount of stock. Also note that you generally can't use coupons on sale items, and Halloween stuff goes on sale (as in 10-20% off) more often as we get closer to the big day. So if you want to use the coupons you have to work...
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    Thank you! I took some time off from Halloweening so I have to get back to it. How are your mad scientist lab plans going?
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    Well it looks great...and of course, the story you tell with them is what makes it special
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    Stampede is fun in small doses. But it also brings out the crowds, along with a fair number of idiots. I've lived here all my life, so I need to take a break from it every once in a while.

    Someday we'll make it to Seattle - sounds like a pretty cool place.
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    Hey Bam! Washington ain't so bad from what I've heard. Doing Ok. Went up to Edmonton today for a bit to escape the Calgary Stampede. Not a lot else going on though. Assuming you're on a business trip - can't think of anything else that'd drag you away from your prop building.
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    Ok, I'm convinced - I'll do it. Better safe than sorry!
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    I would love to see it for real, and the rest of your props as well. I'm sure it's going to knock their socks off!

    I'm not *too* worried about the drawings getting smudged by people wallking on them since the ones up and down the street will just be regular chalk and I don't mind redoing those (or having the kids redo them!) every night. The UV chalk ones are just going to be right in front of the house and some inside a gate. I'm more worried about rain on that, although I could see the kids walking on them smudging them a bit too, I suppose. Considering spraying them with a bit of sealer although it has to be something I can get up again afterwards so they don't make a total mess. It wouldn't be a bad idea like you're saying to make a bit of fake sidewalk just for that bit though. Maybe a really thin bit of plywood thrown down, made to look like concrete and painted rather than chalked? Dry-Loc sounds like it could work.

    I'm only thinking to have it up a couple of nights though, and we don't get the traffic I think I remember you mentioning (no publicity and this is only the second year we'll be doing it at this house - change of borough.) So rain is the biggest potential issue. Or snow, but then we'd have to shovel the sidewalks anyway. Maybe I will make a bit of fake sidewalk-cover to hold in reserve if the weather looks to be bad!
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    Totally digging your monster in a crate!! (Saw it on TCB's message board.) Great job!
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    Wow, that is cool! I love the sound effects and the way you can see the light flickering as the monster moves the crate from inside. And the pop-open should be a good scare for the curious. Nice work!
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    Wow! Shoulda known better than to assume that you'd be doing a standard monster-in-box. That looks amazing - nice organic movement and lighting and the crate itself looks perfect.

    Great stuff as usual!
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    Love it!!! I love that you actually get to see the monster! Unlike the box that just bangs around... Good job, my friend... good job!!!
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